Barbara Davis Blum

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Barbara Davis Blum is President of BDB Investment Partnership, a closely held company specializing in equities and real estate. From 1983 to 1998, she was Chair, President, and CEO of the Adams National Bank and the Abigail Adams National Bancorp, the oldest and largest bank and bank holding company then owned and managed by women. Before joining Adams National Bank, Blum was the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She chaired the U.S./Japan Environmental Agreement, was a U.S. representative to OECD, and negotiated the first environmental agreement with the People’s Republic of China. Subsequently, she was the Senior Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme, in which capacity she advised developing countries on public infrastructure for sustainable economic development. The Federal Republic of Germany awarded Blum the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, the country’s highest civilian award, in recognition of her international environmental leadership.  Blum was also deputy director of the successful Carter/Mondale Presidential campaign, as well as deputy director of the Carter/Mondale Presidential Transition. She chairs the board of directors of Main Street Bank in Herndon, Virginia. In addition, Blum was a director and served as chair of the executive and compensation committees of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc. dba Kaiser Permanente. She is also chair emeritus of the board of directors of the Center for Policy Alternatives and a trustee and chair of the investment committee of the District of Columbia Retirement Board. She holds a BA and an MSW from Florida State University.

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